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Nicolai Volkmar recently joined the Technopolis Group in Berlin. Currently he works primarily at the “Business Initiative Smart Living” which is commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). His expertise lies in the areas of competition environments/markets analysis, economic incentive structure analysis, international political economy, macroprudential regulation of financial (monetary) policy and value added policy.
Prior to working at the Berlin office of Technopolis, Nicolai Volkmar worked for Technopolis in Frankfurt in 2015 and 2016 where he was involved in projects among others facilitating Business Environment Reforms to encourage synergy effects in regional green growth projects (e.g. hydro energy generation) for the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED), evaluating the support of universities concerning cooperation of academic departments and companies for the BMWi, or conducting a multistage study on the technology open-mindedness of the population concerning the topics digitalization, nanotech, “green” and “red” biotechnology. Before rejoining Technopolis in Berlin he worked at the Goethe University for the Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe (SAFE) – Project on macroprudential regulation. Furthermore, gaining experience consulting a start-up on IT environments and business/market development concerning competition strategies, also working as an Operations Manager and Head of HR in a small company.
Generally, he is well versed in a number of methods including economic and political network analysis, survey design, structured and non-structured interviews, case studies, in-depth literature reviews. Additionally, he has experience working with data analysis tools (Stata, R, SPSS) and extensive market competition analysis using qualitative and quantitative methodology.
Nicolai Volkmar studied political science and economics with focus on international political economy, macropudential banking regulation and competition frameworks at Goethe University Frankfurt. In his studies abroad at University of California Santa Barbara the specialisation on monetary policy frameworks and value added policy was intensified. His master’s degree was focused on analysing market networks/structures and competition incentives related to quality measurements and how these are impacting competition in economies and economic value added. He is a native German speaker, is fluent in English and has basic knowledge in French.